Monday, November 7, 2011

European Stocks, U.S. Futures Decline on Italy

By Sarah Jones - Nov 7, 2011 8:07 PM GMT+0800

European stocks resumed their losses after a report that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he’s not planning on stepping down.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.6 percent to 238.3 at 12:06 p.m. in London. In response to earlier reports that he may quit within hours, Berlusconi denied that he’s stepping down, Ansa said, citing comments from the premier.

“We are all looking for the next policy maker’s speech,” Robert Talbut, chief investment officer at Royal London Asset Management, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “There is an enormous amount of uncertainty around how this crisis is going to play out.”